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to the midterm elections. did in the second congressional district of virginia is in the far southeast corner of the state. it takes in virginia beach, the largest city in virginia, and parts of norfolk and hampton and an area known as the eastern shore, primarily farmer -- farming and tourism. it has some manufacturing but the dominant industries of the united states navy and tourism. the oceanfront is a very vibrant tourism industry. that is a source of income. the u.s. navy and related enterprises is its largest business, i would say. probably for this reason, this particularly congressional race is of high race -- high interest to republicans and democrats. republicans tried to keep him in office and they were not successful. since his election, he has been subject to a steady stream of blogs, e-mails, reaching out to the public and the blasting almost everything that he does. because he is a freshman, legislative expert will tell you the best time to unseat an incumbent is during the first term. they have not establish themselves in. they see him as vulnerable. the republicans want to ta
of that death of senator byrd in virginia, regarded as a giant in american history. he served our government for nearly a quarter of its history. a daunting task, one that pales in comparison to the challenges which you see. i'm pleased to have the opportunity to visit would briefly here today. it allows me -- back in july, when the announcement was made, amidst the dozens of calls of congratulations and well wishes, at the chance to have a conversation with a friend and former colleague by the name of robert ferguson, a marine currently serving as the cabinet secretary for the west virginia department of administration, a man who is extremely active in veterans' issues throughout the state of west virginia. during our brief conversation, he sent me a simple figured, 32. the marines they had died in that calendar year. it is more troubling given the high numbers of the best ever used. talk to me about the men -- the mental and behavioral challenges facing the men and women in your command as they return from defending our country in places like iraq and afghanistan, and also the distress --
done. historic elections in the state of virginia and new jersey and the state formally known as massachusetts has a republican member of the united states senate. [applause] to these conservative victories we have when harry met shelly playing in nevada. joe the senator in alaska, delaware is about to send conservative to the united states senate as well. [applause] as we say, on highway 40 where i grew up, who'd have thunk it? even republicans in congress have gotten back to fiscal discipline and conservative values. let's be honest, four years ago republicans in congress did not just lose their majority. they lost breakaway. -- they lost their way. when i opposed the wall street bailout, i told my colleagues the american people would eventually go with the professionals if we kept acting like liberals. sadly, they did. the truth is our party in congress walk away from the principles that minted our national governing majority. if the american people walked away from that. house republicans, have they learned their lesson? people ask me that. after a year that saw every sing
of virginia. and i am happy to say that because i live in virginia and i'm very proud of that past. but i am asking for is a double request. to reassert our commitment to the first amendment's. throughout history it has shown that it is a very valuable parts of what the united states is about. it is one of the major attractions of the u.s. for immigrants to leave their country. they left their countries but leave them because they truly believe that in this country, they can have that free and dignified being that they have missed elsewhere. the supreme court threw out the years has again collaborated and amplified the basic principles of the first amendment. for example, chief justice rehnquist emphasize that political divisiveness alone cannot serve to invalidate otherwise permissible conduct. whatever we might feel about the person sitting next to us, they have rights, even if we politically degree -- disagree, that is the reason to behave in a way that infringes on those rights. furthermore, the first amendment states -- it does not state but implies -- that the powers of the government
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